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Enabling European SMEs to remediate wastes, reduce GHG emissions and produce biofuels via microalgae cultivation

Enabling European SMEs to remediate wastes, reduce GHG emissions and produce biofuels via microalgae cultivation

Objective

The BioAlgaeSorb collaboration will benefit European SME-AGs in diverse business sectors by developing technologies for remediating and valorising industrial and agricultural/aquacultural effluents via microalgae cultivation. The resultant microalgal biomass will form a carbon neutral, environmentally sustainable raw material that is a source for commercially valuable end products, among them renewable energy. The set task is to utilise unwanted effluents as nutrient sources for photosynthetic microalgae, thereby reducing effluent discharge by SMEs and yielding high quality biomass which will be harvested and upgraded using an integrated biorefinery approach into valuable products. Leading commercial systems for microalgae cultivation will be optimised for capturing inorganic nutrients from aqueous effluents (intensive agriculture and aquaculture; municipal anaerobic digesters) and CO2 from power plants, thereby mitigating the environmental impacts of these sectors and contributing to the European Low Carbon Economy via a new source of biomass-based biofuels, and by reducing the discharge of GHG to the atmosphere. Novel physical processes will be developed to efficiently harvest, stabilise and fractionate microalgae biomass for downstream conversion into valuable products. An innovative biorefinery approach will be adopted incorporating biomass pyrolysis (liquids, gas and char) for bioenergy and biofuel production, as well as separation into lipid, protein and carbohydrate fractions. Processes will be optimised for transforming micoalgal lipids into second generation transport fuels. Biomass extracts and purified compounds (eg, omega 3 fatty acids, pigments) will also be developed for use as food and feed additives. A holistic approach will be used throughout the project, incorporating coupled process and financial models to guide the development of cost efficient microalgae-based remediation of effluents for large numbers of European SMEs.
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Coordinator

Norsk Bioenergi Forening

Address

Roald Amundsens Gate 6
0161 Oslo

Norway

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 621 318,50

Administrative Contact

Inge Olav Fure (Mr.)

Participants (11)

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ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA BIOMASSE AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 368 249

BRITISH TROUT ASSOCIATION LTD IPS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 277 060,50

SEA MARCONI TECHNOLOGIES DI VANDERTUMIATTI SAS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 392 765,75

IngrePro B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 326 309

VARICON AQUA SOLUTIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 402 807,50

VALUE FOR TECHNOLOGY BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 436 565,75

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 404,80

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 3 006

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 632

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 640

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 880

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 243752

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 August 2010

  • End date

    31 July 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 955 729,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 832 638,80

Coordinated by:

Norsk Bioenergi Forening

Norway